Heidi + Ken at Sky Hotel & Cache Cache

This is just a quick preview of Heidi & Ken's outrageously fabulous wedding on Halloween weekend.  We have thousands of images to review before we decide what to share.  In the meantime, though, we thought you'd want a little taste to tantalize your taste buds!  It was oh, so delicious!!!!!  Stay tuned...

Piper + Nathaniel

Nathaniel Wilder and Piper Foster tied the knot on June 14 at T-Lazy-7 Ranch. For the reception, they built a turn-of- the-century, European-style Cabinet of Curiosities in the entrance to T-Lazy-7 to transform the ranch into a Teddy Roosevelt era of Western discovery. “Nathaniel and I have treasures from our travels and the natural world that we’ve collected,” said Piper. Friends worked for a day before the wedding lining the entrance of the lodge with polar bear teeth, qiviut, her great grandmother’s handkerchief collection, a phonograph and more. “Our guests lent their favorite treasures, too,” she added. “To us, this childlike, show-and-tell pop-up museum was a way to unite our guests and their stories as well. Marriage is a uniting of what you find wonderful!” For the honeymoon, Nathaniel surprised his bride with a trip above the Arctic Circle. They have since moved from Aspen to Alaska “for the next few years, but likely will return back home to Aspen after that,” noted Piper. “We’re not gone forever!” - May Selby, The Aspen Times

Photos Courtesy of Nick Gillespie of Blue Bend Photography

http://www.bluebendphotography.com/

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Joe Connolly of Chugach Peaks Photography

http://chugachpeaks.com/

Summer Bouquets on a Snowy Day

Planning for our summer weddings is already in full swing despite the drifts of snow and icicles surrounding our office windows.  On these dreary and overcast days, nothing brightens our moods more than the prospect of sunshine, warm days and bouquets of fresh flowers!  Here is a sampling of beautiful summer bouquets crafted by The Aspen Branch and photographed by Robin Proctor Photography, courtesy of the Aspen Wedding Guide.

Heather's Birthday at the Pine Creek Cookhouse

It was a thrill for us to plan Heather's big birthday bash up at The Pine Creek Cookhouse.  The Cookhouse presents many challenges in the winter months since it is only accessible via snowmobile, snowcat, horse-drawn sleigh, nordic skis or snowshoes.  Each element of Heather's party was hand-delivered via one of these methods (including the party guests!).  All of those hard efforts resulted in a pitch-perfect celebration with delicious food and drink from Chef Christopher Keating and his team, a spectacular cake from Elissa Buckley, beautiful decor from The Aspen Branch and thrilling dance tunes from Tunisia Band.  Enjoy this little peek at a truly magical night out in the wilderness.

Save-The-Date Tips from Erin Walters of The Knot

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Erin Walters (frequent contributor to The Knot) shares her thoughts on Save-The-Date Etiquette

Where to Start

Q. Are save-the-dates even necessary? 
As destination weddings and three-day weekends have become more standard, so have save-the-dates. And if you're marrying during high-travel times like a holiday weekend or summer in a beach town, a save-the-date is an expected courtesy. Of course, you don't have to send one if you don't want, but it will give guests the heads up about your wedding plans. Between travel arrangements and busy schedules, sending a save-the-date will increase guests' chances of attending your celebration. And that's the goal, right?

Q. When should they be sent? 
As a general rule, it's best to start spreading the news at around six months prior to the ceremony (eight months for a faraway destination). This gives wedding guests plenty of time to book their travel, save a bit of cash, and ask for days off from work. Any earlier, and they may toss the notice aside. Any later, and it might as well be an invitation.

Q. Should every invited guest receive a save-the-date? 
Just to the people that you want to come to your wedding. Even if you've already received confirmations from certain guests, you still need to send them a save-the-date (bridesmaids, siblings, and parents). But remember: Only send to those that you definitely want to attend. Once these are in the mail, there's really no turning back.

Sticky Situations

Q. Should “and guest” be added, or can that wait for the invitations? 
It's best to be clear about who's invited to the wedding, even this far in advance. Always call your best friend's boyfriend by his nickname? Now's the time to find out what's on his birth certificate. By including the actual names of every intended guest on the envelope, you're less likely to have any assumed invitees (like your third cousin's new boyfriend), or general confusion (is your seven-year-old niece invited?). Being up front about who's invited also gives families with uninvited kids ample time to plan for child care, and out-of-towners time to figure out hotel room shares.

Q. What if save-the-dates are sent and the date or location changes? 
This scenario is very unlikely, since no couple should send out formal wedding information before setting the plans in stone -- but stranger things have happened. In the event of an unexpected change of plans, your best bet is to update your wedding website, pick up the phone, and start spreading the word. You do have the option of sending out another mailing that explains the dilemma -- but a personal, verbal notice is the best way to avoid confusion. (If your wedding guest list is a bit overwhelming, enlist the help of your bridal party.)